A colourful show of life… as seen by children

Feast of colours: Students viewing children’s paintings at an exhibition in Thalassery.

Feast of colours: Students viewing children’s paintings at an exhibition in Thalassery.  

People, nature and situations as perceived by children are hardly taken as serious themes for a painting exhibition. An ongoing exhibition of creative brush strokes of children aged from three to 13 at Thalassery goes against this.

‘Nirakkoottam,’ the painting exhibition being organised by the Kerala School of Arts at the Sarada Krishna Iyer Auditorium at Thalassery, displays the creative renderings of budding artists in and around Thalassery.

The exhibition stands out for its diversity of subjects and treatment as each of the 53 children, most of them undergoing training in the Kerala School of Arts, pours out observations of life and nature on canvas. The three-day expo has elicited good response from the public and art lovers, according to the organisers.

Rustic touch

One painting portrays two village women on a country-side road, balancing earthen vessels on heads. Playful use of colours and shades enhance the feel of the painting, created by Rhea Rajeev, an LKG student at Senjose Metropolitan School at Thalassery.

Mohamed Roshen, a Class V student of Kadavathur West U.P. School near Thalassery, has painted a boy studying at his home.

A work portraying a boy in shackles with domestic animals sitting around him is a sad reminder of a real incident highlighted by the media last year. The artist is A.S. Aakash, a Class III student of District Institute of Education and Training at Palayad near Thalassery.

Anusha Manoharan, a Class VIII student of Government Higher Secondary School at Palloor near Mahe, has drawn a farmer couple carrying farm implements. Shikhil Raj, a Class VI student of St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School at Thalassery portrays a drunken man beating his wife, with their weeping children looking on. There is a riot of colours in the painting of Theyyam done by O.P. Neelima Nath of Koduvally High School at Thalassery.

Favourite themes

Toddy tapper, snake charmer, country-side teashop and the local ferry are among the subjects that have set off the children’s imagination.

Free expressions

A. Sathyanath, painter and teacher at the Kerala Arts School, says that all paintings are free expressions of children’s imagination. “We just let them paint in their own way,” he says.

“Nirakkoottam’ is a feast of colours that draws us to children’s perceptions and creativity,” says artist K.K. Marar, who is also president of the Kerala School of Arts. All the young participants in the exhibition take painting as seriously as their studies, he adds. The exhibition ends on Thursday

Mohamed Nazeer

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